For decades, the Denka Jollie was the compact offroader of choice for those that had to go anywhere, but on a budget. While the general concept hardly changed over the years, aside from the introduction of independent front suspension and a partial monocoque design, more and more variants were added to adapt the Jollie to any possible task. These days there are 2 wheelbases, several bodystyles like the regular SUV, pickups, softtops or cab chassis and countless optional extras like raised suspension, all-terrain wheels, winches, locking differentials, snowplows or roof mounted tents available. The current engine choice consists of 2 new “Jota” - series engines, either a 1,2l inline 3 or a 2,4l V6 for the LWB models.
But what if you go for the bare minimum?
The Jollie 2Flex LDV
Based on the short wheel base, rear wheel drive chassis, the LDV (light delivery vehicle) features a unique van-style body with a split tailgate and angled C-pillar to reduce drag. For 2018, the base trim includes ESC, a reverse camera with a dash mounted screen, an anti roll bar for the front axle and additional rear indicators mounted to the c-pillar.
-turbocharged 1.2l engine with 101 hp at 5400rpm
-150nm of torque available at 2700rpm
-5 speed manual transmisson, rear wheel drive
-cargo volume:1050l and over 850kg of load capacity(!)
-50:50 weight distribution
-prices start at 16.800,-
One advantage over a regular subcompact is of course that a fleet of these little boxes is easily recognizable in traffic and helps advertising the business. Thanks to it’s seperate cargo compartment, the Jollie LDV can be registered as a commercial vehicle which reduces taxes significantly.
Plus, a Jollie will easily shrug off getting launched over a speed bump once or twice … per shift.